Julian Debreuil


In recent years Julian Debreuil has garnered considerable praise from critics for his exceptionally rich, attractive and powerful voice. His particular focus is on the Classical and Romantic bass and bass-baritone operatic and concert repertoire.

Engagements for the 2016-17 season included creating the role of Doctor Gibaud in The Dowager's Oyster (Mander) at The Arcola Theatre; B Minor Mass (Bach) for the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra; Briano in Aroldo (Verdi) at the Stratford Theatre Royal; Sarastro in Die Zauberfloete (Mozart) for Charles Court Opera; A Sea Symphony (Vaughan Williams) for the Hull City Philharmonia; Jesus in the St John Passion (Bach) for the Hull City Bach Choir; cover Don Pizarro in Fidelio (Beethoven) for Longborough Festival Opera.

The upcoming 2017-18 season currently includes the roles of Sarastro in The Magic Flute at the Soho Theatre and Zaretsky in Yevgeny Onegin at the Arcola Theatre; Faure Requiem and Durufle Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall; Missa Solemnis (Beethoven) & Jeptha (Handel) with the Hull City Bach Choir; The Messiah (Handel) and St John Passion (Bach) with The Purcell Orchestra; Stabat Mater (Rossini) with The Holland Park Choral Society; Maria Theresa Mass (Haydn) with the Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers; St Nicholas Mass (Haydn) with the Grimsby Choral Society; Nelson Imperial Mass & Mass In Time of War (Haydn) with The Choir of St James' Spanish Place..

In previous years Julian has performed the roles of the Doctor in Macbeth (Verdi) for Iford Arts Festival; Masetto and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Mozart) at Le Theatre l'Italienne de Cherbourg, Le Theatre du Passage de Neuchatel and the Salmiya Opera Theatre; Lorenzo in I Capuleti ei Montecchi (Bellini) for Pop-Up Opera; Zuniga in Carmen (Bizet) at the London Soho Theatre; Colline in La Boheme (Puccini) for Opera Project; Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) for OperaUpClose.

Recent concert work includes Messa da Requiem (Verdi), Boris Gudonov (Mussorgsky), Graffiti (Lindberg), The Prussian Requiem (Powell) and Persephone (Stravinsky) with the Philharmonia Orchestra; Ein Deutches Requiem (Brahms) and The Dream of Gerontius (Elgar) with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra; The Apostles (Elgar) with the BBC Concert Orchestra; Elijah (Mendelssohn) with the London Mozart Players; Israel in Egypt (Handel) and the St John Passion (Bach) with the London Handel Players; The Messiah (Handel) with the London Festival Orchestra.

Julian Debreuil studied at the Royal College of Music and Solti Academia Bel Canto in Tuscany, followed by private tuition in London with Dinah Harris and Nicholas Powell. He has been the recipient of major awards from the Wingate Foundation, English Speaking Union, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Royal Society of Musicians, Josephine Baker Trust, Countess of Munster Trust and the Benslow Music Trust. Julian was also selected to compete in several national competitions, reaching the final rounds of the Schubert Society of London, London Song Festival, John Warner Memorial Award and the Hampshire National Singing Competition.


Photographer: Andreas Grieger